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He came into the consulting room with a little wound on his right foot which he claimed started as a boil. He was diabetic and after due counselling, I informed him I will be admitting him.

I explained to him that diabetic foot ulcers were not to be taken lightly even if they look harmless. He disobeyed my advice, which was properly documented.

I saw him the next week limping with a swollen right foot and the doctor that saw him gave the same advice as I did earlier on but he refused.

Two weeks later he was brought by his family members, but this time he was barely talking, semi conscious seated on a wheelchair and they were now begging for admission into the hospital.

While in the ward he was reviewed by the orthopaedic surgeons who examined the now very bad foot and advised for an amputation of the dead and dangerous limb.

Standing at the foot of his bed, “I said to myself, what if this man came in earlier? ” Everything big started small. That affair may not start as an affair but as a constant inappropriate discussion with that ‘caring’ colleague of the opposite sex. It may not start as sexual immorality but that harmless kiss when you were slaying and went to visit that guy alone.

It may not start as a broken home but those countless times when you ran away from your responsibility, and refused to be available even when you were physically present.

It may not start as a fight but those words you should not have said, but you decided to still say. It may not start as lung cancer but that little stick of cigarette you could not do without.

It may not start as bankruptcy but that little money you did not save or invest wisely. It may not start as an unwanted pregnancy but that “no” that was too heavy to say.

It may not end as death but that little advice you refused to heed. ” The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. James 1:14-15 MSG.

Do not end this year without Jesus Christ, do not end this year without knowing Him personally, do not end this year without giving you life to Christ, do not end this year without rededicating your life to him.

He is the reason for the season and indeed all seasons. Give him your heart, if you are in the wrong direction pause before you’re stopped.

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    Ahuchogu Uche

    August 20, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Word! Good job OVD. More power to your elbow

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      Ovundah

      August 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thank you so much Uche.

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      Uma

      August 22, 2017 at 3:56 am

      Well said doctor OVD.More grace. Thanks

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    Tamie

    August 22, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Indeed big things start small.

    I once saw a patient with same storyline as the intro, long story we lost the patient. I remember kept thinking if only she listened that day she walked in with that small toenail injury.

    PS : Positive big things also start small too….like that business, that ministry, that writing etc. So listen to that small thing around you.

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      Ovundah

      August 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Small is not just the opposite of big but a process

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    Pst. Sam

    August 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I can’t think of a better way to paint this sample but life saving truth.
    Good work Doc.

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      Ovundah

      August 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you Sir

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      Wimarshez

      August 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Good piece of work Dr. OVD. There are so many sayings that go along this line: remove monkey hand for pot before…, etc. Sometimes we need serious help to decide against that small wrong choice, but it’s something we’all have the ability to do. I don’t also get why your patient decided against being admitted, like you said, it’s a small thing and MAY not be that bad after all.

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        Ovundah

        August 25, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        Wimarshez, thanks for your comment

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      Ovundah

      August 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you very much Sir.

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Blue Tongues may spell danger.

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By Ovundah Nyeche

The tongue sometimes tells a story…

When you go for a party or an outing and you see people’s tongue blue, it is likely a pointer that drinks are laced with Rohypnol.

Rohypnol is a tranquilizer ( drug used to relieve tension and anxiety) which is 10 times more potent than valium.

It some countries it is used as a sleeping pill.

Rohypnol also is abused as a recreational, or “club” drug, often in conjunction with alcohol to provide a high.

It is used in various forms including; crushing the pills and snorting the powder, sprinkling it on weed and smoking it, dissolving it in a drink or injecting it.


It is called in the streets; roofies, date rape, forget me pill amongst other names.



When drinks are laced with Rohypnol, the person who drinks it may not know as it is odourless and tasteless and because it is a strong sedative and also associated with amnesia the victim will not remember what happened, little wonder it is called forget me pill.

It is one of the commonest cause of surprise pregnancies in young people, especially when the only thing they can remember was that they went to a party or visited someone.

Choose your friends wisely and shine your eyes.


Drugs do not pay.


Stay away from drugs!


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Anger, a ‘D’ short of Danger.

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I have seen sweet people turn to incredible hulk with little or no provocation, I have seen people who their anger is like bicycle, ‘e no dey hard to start’…yeah some of them believers too.

I have seen people leave a church program in high spirit, blessed and inspired and boom minutes later fight violently with other people, for almost no reason at all…I have seen people turn red with little or no provocation.

I have seen people have their weddings called off because of misplaced outbursts of anger publicly exposed due to the planning stress. I have seen brethren turn their wives to punching and kicking bags and I have seen wives turn their husbands to punching and scratching bags.

And many time help is closer than many people think.

It is good to pray and fast, make up and make decisions to change, but when it
‘Told in Gath, Proclaimed in the streets of Ashkelon— and the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, and the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph’ that you are an atomic bomb looking for where and on whom to explode, it is vital to seek help quickly.

Fortunately help is available, as you pray and fast, it is not unscriptural to seek medical help…to seek Psychiatric help…to begin cognitive behavioral therapy and medications where necessary.

Mental health issues are not wished away, or watered down by ice cream, a new bag, a gift, a hug or make up sex, alcohol or recreational drugs.

Seek help, before you destroy important pillars in your life.

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So one day in a particular hospital, I was on call and was reviewing patients, when I got a call from someone to come to another part of the hospital immediately and leave anything I was doing.

To further indicate the seriousness there were people physically present to call me.

Rushed to the place and saw someone who just slumped…my mind was working like a pentium 4, what could this be…did all the preliminaries, did all I knew in the split second, but the hands were cold and the pupils were telling a story, a story which was saying a journey has started to eternity.

I broke the sad news and minutes later relatives showed up, they were also told the sad news, amidst cries, tears and prayers.

I observed the event closely…the family members seemed the most broken…to others the corpse was just a dead body, or perhaps a dead friend or colleague or perhaps just another dead person or even a firewood. But to the relatives it was a dead family member, a benefactor, a sibling, a parent, a caregiver etc.

In days if the deceased work in a facility that needs attention, a new worker would be employed to fill the gap and life will continue as if nothing happened, whilst family and close friends mourn their loss.

In this past few days, I have seen a lot of ailments many terminal and as always, I would advise you to please take care of yourself, REST (note to self), cancel appointments if necessary, go for check up, check your blood pressure, do a full workup, see a doctor (even if you are one), take a break from stressors (including social media), detoxify your mind, see a psychiatrist, see your pastor, unload, take a retreat, vacation, eat right, run from things that would damage your body, delegate, go on leave, take life je-je, spend quality and quantity time with family etc.

This life no get duplicate, and if anything happens na your family members go suffer am…as life moves on…even if you die in any office, it is very likely the office will not end and the sun will still rise and set.

It is sad seeing people carrying bombs as BP and carrying values of check that are either too high or too low.

Take care of yourself and pause where you need to pause…it pays

Everything is not about gathering, gathering, gathering. Struggling, struggling, struggling…

May this instruct you.

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